Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB rained out

AA: Trenton rained out.

High A: Tampa (63-71) split a DH.

Reg. sched. game: Lost 4-0, getting just 2 hits. SS Diego Castillo’s 3 errors led to 3 unearned runs.

Makeup of 8/27 rainout: Won 5-3. Castillo 2 hits, RBI. 1B Steven Sensley 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Low A: Charleston (69-66) lost 8-5. LF Canaan Smith 2 hits, .306. RF Josh Stowers 2 RBI. C Eduardo Navas 3 hits, 2 RBI. 2 solo HR.

 

Prospects heading for the Arizona Fall League.

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From MLB.com

Yankees (Surprise): Daniel Bies, RHP; Glenn Otto, RHP; Donny Sands, C; Josh Stowers, OF; Brandon Wagner, 1B

Acquired from the Mariners in an offshoot of the Sonny Gray trade in January, Stowers has a chance to have four average or better tools, with his arm the lone exception. Otto has had difficulty staying healthy but can reach 97 mph and devastate hitters with his curveball when he’s at 100 percent.

Jimmy Wynn, the “Toy Cannon”, dies at 78. Long Time Astro was briefly a Yankee in 1977.

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Jimmy Wynn, one of the Houston Astros’ (1963-1973) first stars (and they were called the Colt .45s in 1963-1964), and who later played for Los Angeles Dodgers (1974-1975), Atlanta Braves (1976), New York Yankees (1977) and Milwaukee Brewers (1977), has died at the age of 78.

Wynn was a 3x All-Star who got MVP consideration 3x, finishing 5th in the voting in 1974, when the Dodgers won the pennant (teammate Steve Garvey was the MVP).

Small but powerful, he led the majors in walks twice.

He hit 30 or more HR in a season 3x, twice with the Astros, despite playing in the Astrodome—a pitcher’s ballpark. He drove in 100 or more runs twice.

Besides power, Wynn also had speed, stealing 43 bases in 1965.

Wynn was mostly a CF, and on baseball-reference.com, JAWS has him ranked as the 17th best CF of all-time.

He hit .250 hit 291 HR and 225 SB. His 162 g. average was .250-25-81 with 19 SB.
OPS+ 129.

He only played in 30 games for the Yankees in 1977. Despite a HR on Opening Day, he went just 11 for 77 (.143) and was released in July so he had no big part in the Yanks’ WS title that year.

In his only postseason with the 1974 Dodgers, he was 2 for 10 (both doubles) and had 2 RBI in the NLCS vs. the Pirates, and was 3 for 16 with a double, a HR and 2 RBI in the WS against the A’s.

 

 

 

 

Despite the shutdown, a few moves.

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Despite the shutdown of baseball (and everything) because of the coronavirus, the Yankees did make a few moves on what was supposed to be Opening Day.

  • Optioned INF Thairo Estrada, RHP Ben Heller and RHP Michael King to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
  • Optioned RHP Deivi García to Double-A Trenton.

Makes you wonder if the season DID start today, would Loaisiga have been the #5 behind Cole, Tanaka, Happ, and Montgomery?

Hicks to start throwing program.

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Aaron Hicks, who had TJ surgery on his throwing elbow after last offseason, has been cleared to start a throwing program.

So if baseball does come back this year after this pandemic, maybe he won’t miss too much of the season.

And neither may others, like Stanton and Paxton. Maybe Judge, too.

Today was supposed to be Opening Day.

Until this unfortunate and dire situation resolves itself, stay safe all!

Judge also had collapsed lung.

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From ESPN:

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge told reporters Friday that his fractured rib is improving, and he also disclosed that he suffered a partially collapsed lung.

Two weeks ago, manager Aaron Boone said a fractured rib revealed by a CT scan was why Judge had been suffering tightness in his shoulder and pectoral area, thus significantly limiting his baseball activities since early February.

The Yankees never divulged the pneumothorax, commonly called a collapsed lung. Judge said a scheduled CT scan Friday showed the pneumothorax had fully healed and that had been slight progress in the healing of the rib.

Sorry, but nothing to write about…

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I am not going to write while there is nothing to write about.

A second minor leaguer for the Yankees has come down with the coronavirus.

Opening Day could now be mid-May—or later. So much for the May 9 Yanks/Red Sox game I was going to attend.

We sit, and wait…. and until there is some news, there is nothing to write about.

Take care and be safe, all!

Looking like Opening Day won’t be until mid-May at earliest.

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The latest word from MLB is that we may be looking at mid-May as the earliest date for Opening Day.

Yankees heading home after learning MLB’s new rules

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From the NY Post:

MLB issued guidelines Sunday telling clubs to cease any organized informal workouts, further closing down camp activity and, thus, making it more and more obvious that regular-season games will not be played before May — if then.

 

With this directive, it’ll be hard to keep teams together, and some (most?) Yankees will now be leaving the facility and heading home.